Burglary suspect shot by Hampton officers now facing charges

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a suspect in a burglary was seriously injured Thursday morning in an officer-involved shooting in Hampton.

Police officials said in a tweet that the incident happened on Jacklyn Circle.

According to police spokesperson Ashley Jenrette, officers responded to a burglary call just after 9 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers encountered the suspect outside of the home. Officials say he was armed with a knife and charged the officers after they attempted to make contact with him.

Image of Knife Recovered From Suspect (Photo courtesy: HPD)

The officers shot the man multiple times and immediately rendered first aid until Hampton Fire and Rescue arrived and took over.

Jenrette said the man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Friday, police released an update on this incident and identified the man as 36-year-old Mark Harrison. He remains in the hospital, but his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening. He has been charged with attempt non-capital offense/maiming and will be taken into custody when he is released from the hospital.

Initial investigation has revealed the suspect was known to the residents of the home and was attempting to break in.

A neighbor who doesn’t want to be identified tells 10 On Your Side she heard the man who was shot by police banging on this door where his parents live, “he is ill, so  he came to see his mother.  He was banging on the door trying to get his mother to come, and open up the door.  She didn’t open the door.”

The mother, Kay Harrison, told 10 On Your Side she called for police to come pick up her son because he was not on his medications, and she wasn’t going to let him in.  She also said she’s done this before.

10 On Your Side first learned of the family relation from a woman who showed up earlier in the day, and had the garage door opener to let police in the home.  We asked her how she knew the suspect, and she responded,  “He is not a suspect.  He is my brother.  He is not a suspect.  He is not a suspect,” and then she closed the door and left.

The investigation is ongoing. The officers involved do not have any injuries related to the incident, but they have been placed on administrative leave.